After Reading Henri Cole

Wikipedia Poem, No. 793

doves

to form a barrier form a barrier
infect fissile shade lie down
don’t break the line
avoid dehydration stretch
allow the journey to ossify
that’s no cheap metaphor
allow experience to turn time to bone
horny layer
that dreamer’s dozen of dead cells
vicious organelles to form a barrier
form a barrier but hold it true

Rosso Plastica M 2, Alberto Burri, 1962

Alberto Burri, Rosso plastica M 2 (Red Plastic M 2), 1962 (detail). Burned plastic on canvas, 120 x 180 cm. Private collection © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

Alberto Burri, Rosso plastica M 2 (Red Plastic M 2), 1962 (detail). Burned plastic on canvas, 120 x 180 cm. Private collection © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

wikipedia poem, no. 13

photo

i was there beside you, warm
but it wasn’t enough, something warm
pulling apart my skin
there, they fell
like paint   peeling off store-bought canvas
they fell
we fell
and now they stand, broken—bottled—in opposition to something fallen and warm
for themselves, only, for
what else is there but life? a hat, cracking concrete, drinking the fountain of
these fonts, so righteous, standing back to back like crimefighters
guns drawn, guns drawn, 	
	guns drawn against the sunrise.

American Sentence, No. 4

You can’t excerpt it nor find it in a Google search, now scratch your arm.